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Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)

Johannes Brahms (May 7, 1833 – April 3, 1897) is a fascinating figure of the late 19th Century for he represents one side of a debate that raged throughout musical culture during his lifetime, the debate over representation in music. Some, including members of the New German School (Berlioz, Liszt, and Wagner), believed that music was a medium that could represent all things. Brahms, on the other hand, believed music was beautiful in itself and need not be representational. He was progressive in his harmonies and theoretical development of his music, and felt he needed no external source or representation to dictate his compositions. Holding to this ideal throughout his life would help Brahms create exquisite and ethereal symphonic and chamber works exemplifying the glory of great composition.

Though many composers were compared to Ludwig van Beethoven, Brahms was considered by his contemporary critics to be Beethoven’s successor. Brahms’ music and talent as a composer became so noteworthy in the late 1800s that his name was permanently substituted in the phrase “The Three B’s”, reflecting the dominance and influence of Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (the phrase was originally coined by Peter Cornelius in 1854 to represent Bach, Beethoven, and Berlioz).

Brahms is described as having two sides to his personality, a gentle and a demonic side. Joseph Joachim, a renowned Hungarian violinist, conductor, composer, and close friend to Brahms, characterized Brahms as, “egoism incarnate, without himself being aware of it. He bubbles over in his cheery way with exuberant thoughtlessness … the things that do not arouse his enthusiasm, or that do not fit in with his experience, or even with his mood, are callously thrust aside … He will not make the smallest sacrifice of his intellectual inclinations.”

Brahms wrote 23 known chamber works as well as numerous piano works, songs, and large orchestral works. To learn more, please read the following biography, which focuses on Brahms’ chamber works and his influence and contributions to the art form.

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Works:
Audio_on Sextet in B-flat Major, No. 1, Op. 18 for strings (2001)
Audio_on Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (2002)
Audio_on Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88 for strings (2003)
Audio_on Quartet in C minor, Op. 60, No. 3 for piano and strings (2004)
Audio_on String Quintet No. 2 in G, Op. 111
Audio_on Sonata in G major, No.1 for violin and piano
Audio_on Horn Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 40 (2007)
Audio_on Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Songs) for Vocal Quartet and Piano, Four Hands, Op. 52
Audio_on Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 for clarinet and string quartet (2007)
Audio_on String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 (2008)
Audio_on Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (2008)
Audio_on String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88 (2008)
Audio_on Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 (2002)
Audio_on Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40 (2001)
Audio_on Hungarian Dances for Piano, four hands
Audio_on Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 for clarinet and string quartet (2003)
Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56b for two pianos
Audio_on String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 (1999)
Audio_on Piano Quartet in A major, No. 2, Op. 26 (2000)
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1999)
Audio_on Quintet in G Major, Op.111 for strings (1998)
Audio_on Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1997)
Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 (1996)
Audio_on Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 for clarinet and string quartet (1997)
Audio_on Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 for piano and strings (1997)
Audio_on Sonatensatz in C minor for piano and violin
Audio_on String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88 (1997)
Audio_on Quartet in C minor Op. 51, No. 1 for strings (1995)
Audio_on Sonata in E minor, Op. 38 for cello and piano
Audio_on Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87 (1996)
Audio_on Serenade in D Major, Op. 11, No. 1 for winds and strings
Audio_on Two Songs, Op. 91 for mezzo-soprano, violin, and piano
Audio_on Sextet in B-flat Major, No. 1, Op. 18 for strings (1995)
Audio_on Quintet in G Major, Op.111 for strings (1993)
Audio_on Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in B major, Op. 8, no. 1
Audio_on Quartet in C minor, Op. 60, No. 3 for piano and strings (1994)
Audio_on Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1992)
Audio_on Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 for clarinet and string quartet (1993)
Audio_on Sonata in A Major, No. 2, Op. 100 for piano and violin
Audio_on Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40 (1990)
Audio_on Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
Audio_on String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 (1989)
Audio_on Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 for strings (2000)
Audio_on Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A minor, Op. 114